A stifling showing from Vikings' defense

September, 13, 2009
9/13/09
3:27
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert


CLEVELAND -- Brett Favre's 6-yard touchdown pass to Percy Harvin has given Minnesota some breathing room as we move into the fourth quarter. The Vikings lead Cleveland 24-13, but let’s not discount the role of the Vikings' defense in establishing this lead.

The Browns managed only 127 yards, eight first downs and six points through the first three quarters of the game. (Remember, Josh Cribbs’ 67-yard punt return accounted for their only touchdown.) The Vikings have made a couple of big plays, getting an interception from Cedric Griffin and a sack from Kevin Williams, but the big thing they’ve done is stifled the Browns’ downfield passing attack.

Quarterback Brady Quinn connected on 10 of his first 17 throws, but they totaled only 72 yards. Over that stretch, downfield receiver Braylon Edwards had only one catch.

I’m going to hunker down here and focus on the exciting conclusion. Be with you shortly after the game.

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